My first boat, a 2008 185 Sport

Discussion in 'Who's Who' started by Maddmike, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Maddmike

    Maddmike New Member

    17
    Apr 16, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    2008 185 Sport
    Mercury 4.3 TKS
    I have been wanting a boat for a few years but the time was not right. I recently moved to Releigh and I live 5 minutes from the lake. The wife and I needed something to do together on the weekends and being out on the lake sounds perfect.

    I started looking for a bow rider to go out with my wife, the dogs, and alternatively some friends. I almost bought a Four Winns which was priced very well. However, it had the 3.0, the bow area was a bit crowded and the swim platform was nonexistent. In addition, the snap-in carpet looked like crap and the coushions had some tears.

    I found a 185 Sport that had the larger Mercury 4.3. The fit and finish was a bit nicer, the seats and carpet were perfect and and the owner was maticulous. Yes, it cost $6k more but if I went with the Four Winns I knew I would want more space and engine and getting the interior redone would run about $2k.

    We we are closing the deal on Tuesday as my bank was closed for the holiday. Sea trials on Saturday went well and my wife, who is six months pregnant was fine with the way it was handling chop.

    I look forward to joining the boat and the Sea Ray club.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  2. NotHerDecision

    NotHerDecision Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2016
    Houston, Texas
    2001 Sea Ray 460 Sundancer
    2014 Seadoo 155 LTD
    2105 Seadoo 130 SE
    2013 Mercury Dinghy
    Cummins 6CTA 8.3L
    Welcome to the club! We have this one little problem... if you don't have pics then it didn't happen! ;). Really though being on the water is amazing and spending quality time with your family and friends is priceless. Also, congrats on the baby on the way and getting the wife to buy a boat in the process!

    Josh


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  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Hey 'nutha Mike,

    Welcome to CSR. Yup, like was so politely mentioned above, without pics we just don't believe it happened. Actually, it's not so much that we don't believe it happened, but we like to see pics of other CSR boats, where they go boating and the people using them.

    Also, nothing bad about Four Winns, but they're not a SR.
     
  4. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Welcome! Great boat, love my little 185.
     
  5. Maddmike

    Maddmike New Member

    17
    Apr 16, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    2008 185 Sport
    Mercury 4.3 TKS
    I'm a member of various car and motorcycle forums and I know, "pics or it didn't happen".

    However, technically it didn't happen yet as the deal is going down tomorrow.

    However, I do have some non-action shots. Exterior from the seller and interior that I took while climbing around the seller garage. Next weekend, I'll have some action shots.

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  6. Stee6043

    Stee6043 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2015
    West Michigan
    1997 Sundancer 400
    7.4L Gassers
    Man that thing looks brand new. Nice!

    If you can keep it that clean you should have no problem selling it and finding that next size up when "six months pregnant" becomes "baby # 2 on the way". ha.

    Congrats on the boat and the summer baby...
     
  7. Maddmike

    Maddmike New Member

    17
    Apr 16, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    2008 185 Sport
    Mercury 4.3 TKS
    Yes, condition was a big selling point. Only 138 on it and seller is the kind of guy who washes and waxes it after every use.

    I think the price I'm paying is decent. He was asking $15,500. I got him to $14,400. The Sea Ray I got him to $8,000 but as I said, this one fits the bill much better and pricing is in like with other Sea Rays which tend to hold their value a bit better.

    Wife wants two kids and getting a boat is directly in line with spending family time together. I'm sure once baby expenses are here, money may be a little tighter so its good to get it in now.
     
  8. Steve195

    Steve195 Member

    314
    Jan 15, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    2017 Sweetwater 2286 WB Tri-toon
    Yamaha 150 Outboard
    I've got a 2008 195, which is the next size up from what you're getting. You'll love it and condition means so much. My boat looked just like yours when I bought it last year, and people still are shocked when I tell them it's a 2008. They think it's new!

    Welcome to CSR, and this very addictive hobby!
     
  9. Maddmike

    Maddmike New Member

    17
    Apr 16, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    2008 185 Sport
    Mercury 4.3 TKS
    I would have loved to go bigger but needed something that can fit in my modest two-car garage and still leave space for the Porsche and the Nine T. I'm sure I'll upgrade in a few years once I have more experience and figure out what kind of boater I am.

    I think the prop prop is original so I do want to upgrade it and keep the original as a spare. From what I have been reading a SS 19 pitch seems the way to go. Any input on this and where to buy? eBay seems to be full of them. Any brands I should look for/stay away from?
     
  10. Bridog

    Bridog Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 4, 2006
    Gulf Shores AL / Brick NJ
    2016 19SPX OB
    Mercury 150 4S OB
    Congrats Maddmike. Good looking boat. Welcome to CSR.
     
  11. Maddmike

    Maddmike New Member

    17
    Apr 16, 2017
    Raleigh, NC
    2008 185 Sport
    Mercury 4.3 TKS
    Picked her up today and closed the deal.

    She just barely fit in the garage. I will be getting an out door cover and keep her outside during the season and then inside in the winter.

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